This site aims to serve the LGBT and straight ally communities of Charlotte and the Carolinas with a focus on LGBT life and social justice issues. Editorial content consists of news, features, and views, as well as entertainment stories. It engages its readers through the website, newsletter and a print edition as well as social media. Revenue: Advertising.
In 1983, the now defunct Queen City Quordinators started publishing a small, monthly newsletter named “Q-Notes.” The newsletter ended its run in 1984, with the close of the non-profit. In 1986, the newsletter was revived, and the publication was reborn as a monthly, print newspaper. The first issue of the revived community news source was published in June 1986, to coincide with National LGBT Pride Month. In 1989, Jim Yarbrough, the owner of Pride Publishing and Typesetting, Inc., bought the publication and in 1996, QNotes began distributing every other week. On May 12, 2006, QNotes merged with the Raleigh, N.C.-based The Front Page, another North Carolina LGBT newspaper. The Front Page began publishing in 1979 in Raleigh, N.C., under longtime publisher and editor Jim Baxter.
The focus of QNotes is to serve the LGBT and straight ally communities of the Charlotte region, North Carolina and beyond, by featuring arts, entertainment, news and views content in print and online that directly enlightens, informs and engages the readers about LGBT life and social justice issues.
In April 2008, QNotes revamped its online presence and debuted a new website and content management system. Changes to the website continued gradually until the January 2010 redesign, rebranding and editorial re-direction, in which “Q-Notes” became qnotes. The publication’s new direction calls for more in-depth, future-focused features in its bi-weekly print edition and a far more robust, daily updated website at the new goqnotes.com.
QNotes has been able to sustain itself for over three decades, outlasting many of those in the LGBT publication sector, utilizing methods to continue to engage its readers and capture the necessary revenue to remain alive.
Although the publication has remained alive, it is still challenged by the ever-changing landscape of journalism and has to reinvent itself to remain viable in today's marketplace. For the first time in its history, it has a dedicated social media editor.
We use Facebook and Twitter, plus email newsletters to create buzz and spark interest. We also use the website's polling to engage our readers.
Having a dedicated person focusing on revenue generation.
Regional & national news